To help you get off to the best start possible, we have developed a comprehensive First-Year Academic Advising Program that will place you in a first-year advising group for fall term. Our advising classes are introductory and designed for any well-prepared entering student. Because they cover a wide range of topics, you should be able to find one that particularly interests you.
As you begin your work on the college's core requirements, you will also be enrolling in the first of two first-year seminars. In the Seminar in Scholarly Inquiry I (SSI-1), students engage challenging texts and ideas through guided inquiry led by the faculty member. Students begin to develop the academic abilities of reading, writing, and oral argument necessary to enter into academic conversations. These seminars are offered in a variety of disciplines addressing a variety of topics. Both seminars are limited in size to give you and your classmates the chance to be fully engaged in classroom dialogue. Upon successful completion of your SSI-1, you will take SSI-2 in the spring.
Advising Placement Questionnaire
Before we can place you in the most appropriate advising group and first-year seminar, we need to know your preferences. The FAQ and First-Year Advising pages address common advising questions and will help you explore and preview your options. The Advising Placement Questionnaire is another tool to help you plan, and is available on your myPugetSound account. From your To Do List items on myPugetSound, click on “Advising Placement Questions” to complete the questionnaire and indicate your advising class and seminar preferences. After ranking those two types of course, the questionnaire will continue to collect your interests -- academic and co-curricular -- and be used to create your fall course schedule. Please be aware that preferred advising classes and first-year seminars will fill rapidly, so we recommend that your respond promptly. Please read the FAQ section of the main academic advising Web site before completing your questionnaire.